Boys Varsity Basketball · Eagles down Stars in county match-up

Feb 17, 2020

DOVER — Zionsville needs someone to step up after losing guard Ben Weidner for the season due to a knee injury.

Freshman Logan Imes made his case to be that guy on Saturday night at Western Boone. Imes scored a game and career-high 23 points, pacing Zionsville to a 63-38 win over the Stars.

“Logan Imes played his best varsity game tonight in a time that we needed it,” Zionsville head coach Shaun Busick said. “Logan filled in for Ben beautifully. His attacks were timely and he didn’t force the action.”

Imes had only scored 25 points in the first 11 games of 2020 for the Eagles.

But he made 7 of 12 shots from the field, including three 3-pointers in the game.

A day after making only 1 of 15 three-point attempts, the Eagles made seven on Saturday night.

“We tried to make them a shooting team, because we knew if they got to the basket with their size it was not going to be good for us,” Western Boone head coach Josh Burkett said. “We wanted to make them shooters, and they just knocked down shots.”

Zionsville jumped out to a 10-2 lead, and led 13-8 after a quarter.

Western Boone stayed close, trailing 20-14 with 3:39 to go in the first half, but Zionsville closed the half on a 9-2 run and went to the half up 13.

“We came in tonight a little bit reeling from last night, I thought we were out-played a little bit even though we won,” Busick said. “Tonight, it was important for us to get off to a good start. In three of the four quarters we held them to single digits, and that’s where it starts for us.”

Western Boone got as close as 10 late in the third quarter, but the Eagles pushed the lead back to 15 and then cruised in the fourth quarter.

“It’s extremely hard to come back against them,” Burkett said. “You can’t turn them over either, it’s really hard to speed them up and turn them over. They are big, so that helps them too. You have to grind out possessions on them to score and it makes it tough.”

Along with Imes’ 23, Anthony Scales had 18 and Nick Richart had eight.

Western Boone has now lost three in a row, and have another tough task on Tuesday night at home against Westfield.

Burkett said the Stars have to keep their focus on the big picture.

“Our goal at the end of the season is to win a sectional and see what happens from there,” Burkett said. “We talk about that after every game, win or loss, about how we can grow from this to get ready for that. We are banged up right now, and as a coaching staff, we may have to make some decisions about maybe sitting some guys to rest their legs to have them for the run we want to have in March.”

Will Willems is the Sports Editor of the Lebanon Reporter and Zionsville Times Sentinel. Follow him on Twitter